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Porter County Fair

     The Porter County Fair runs July 23rd thru Aug. 1 2020 has been Cancelled. Lots of things have changed at the fair, and we have focused these changes below. The Grandstand features top-notch entertainment every evening of the Porter County Fair. Other than first-class concerts you can experience the Fireworks, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, Horse Shows and more! “A fair must continually evolve,” stated Dave Bagnall,” Fair Manager.

     PanoramaNOW Special Tips:
They don’t hand them out unless you ask for one. The brochure tells you the times of the free entertainment and where you can find it. Without this brochure, you will miss a lot of the free activities!
    2. Arrive before Noon and get in FREE!

HERE’S Some Things You Didn’t KNOW –

   Birthing Barn: This is New this Year, it’s where the old Buggy Wheel Pavilion used to be towards the back by the grand stand entrance. There will be one birthing each day. Check out their sign outside the building for the times. Some of the kinds of animal include: cows, as well as sows, hogs and goats. The barn has been updated and 4-H volunteers will help with the birthing.
   Trolleys: Did you know there are 3 Trolleys working continuously throughout the afternoon? The Trolley locations have moved this year, and there is a pickup right outside the front gate this year.
   Antique Tractor Tent: Again, south of the Midway Buildings and towards the back, there’s an entire tent devoted to an Antique Tractor Display that is a very large and special selection. This tent is actually labeled “Large Machinery” althought the staff calls it “the antique tractors.”
   Petting Zoo: If you couldn’t find the petting zoo, there’s a reason. It’s actually labeled the “Barnyard Tent” and like the Free entertainment it has been moved to the South side of the fair SOUTH OF ALL OF THE BUILDINGS! (South is on your right as you walk in.)

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Lady Houdini is just one of the Free Entertainment Acts located South of the Midway

   Free Entertainment: The free entertainment has MOVED! If you just walk in to the fair and walk straight in thru the food vendors, you will NEVER see the FREE Entertainment! That’s because it’s been moved! The Free entertainment it has been moved to the South side of the fair SOUTH OF ALL OF THE BUILDINGS! South is on your right as you walk in. These free activities include Lady Houdini, Rhinestone Roper, K-9 Crew Disc Dogs, it’s behind the buildings, so you can’t see them!
    Park Place Pavilion: This area is new also, It used to be called the Heritage Stage. Here you will find: Great Lakes Chorus, 4-H Demos, Food Auction, Queen Pagent, BBQ contest, American English (Sun, Jul 22nd) Hazard County Band (Mon) Dollipops, VU band, High Street Band (Tue) Veterans Program (Wed), Matt’s Family Jams, Crawpuppies (Thur Jul 26), 4-H Music, Dick Diamond and the Dusters (Fri Jul 27th), Eating Contest, High Noon Band (Sat Jul 28)
     4-H Changes:
Even 4H events and projects have evolved from  agricultural to include more progressive S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Robotics and Maker Space  projects, through financial support by ArcelorMittal.

     The Exhibit Hall features – the exhibits to explore ranging from antique machinery to home economics in the open class. Explore the exhibits and see what Porter County has to offer!
     Free activities are lots to things to see and do which include barnyard exhibits, antique machinery exhibits, Commercial building (Expo Center) barnyard shows, Animal shows, (Tiger, rabbit, dog, horse, goat, and many more)  BBQ competition, and many more. Carnical rides cost extra.

2020 PORTER COUNTY FAIR GrandStand  LINE UP: (8:30 am – 11pm),

July 23– 7:30 pm – Brantley Gilbert in Concert
July 24 – 7:30 p.m.–   Miranda Lambert Concert Porter County Fair, And Fireworks!  
July 25 – 7:30 p.m. – for King & Country In Concert, 
July 26 – 7:30 p.m. – in Concert, Porter County
July 27 – 5:00 p.m. – Bull Riding Competition Porter County 
July 28 – 5:00 p.m. – Mud – Dirt Drags Porter County Fair,  
July 29 – 7:00 p.m. – Tractor Pull Porter County Fair,  
July 30 – 7:00 p.m. –  Tuff Truck Challenge – Porter County
July 31- 7:00 pm, Bus Demo Derby Free, – Porter County Fair,  
Aug 1 – 7:00 pm. – Demolition Derby,  Porter County Fair

Admission is Free before noon, $7 per person after Noon. Though most buildings and entertainment don’t start until Noon. Buildings close at 9 and food/rides will go until about 10-11:00pm. Bracelets are $25 for all day rides.

Grandstand Entertainment have additional ticket sales and reservations. For more info  call 219-462-0321. For 4-H Questions call Jean Grott at 219-465-3557. 
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